• Breanna Johns

Ten left dead after van speeds across sidewalks in Toronto


On Monday, April 23, 2018, 14 people were injured and ten killed by a driver of a van who “plowed” into pedestrians in Toronto.

The incident appeared to be a “deliberate act.”

The suspected driver is 25-year-old Alek Minassian, of Richmond Hill, Ontario. Minassian was arrested less than 30 minutes after police received a 911 call. The vehicle involved in the incident was a white rental van.

The driver left a “trail of destruction” almost a mile long.

"Based on witness accounts, we have a vehicle that started north on Yonge Street from Finch and drove southbound at some point in times on sidewalks, at some point in times driving southbound in northbound lanes," Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said.

Saunders added, "So, it's very clear just from a general perspective to say that the actions definitely look deliberate."

Diego DeMatos is one of the “good Samaritans” who tried to save victims.

DeMatos said he was on his way to the gym, driving north on Yonge when he saw the van driving fast southbound. He said he saw the van hit a man and a woman.

"I went over to try to perform CPR on him. ... He died in our arms," DeMatos said.

"It was like a scene from a war zone. There was garbage cans everywhere, broken bus shelters and mailboxes on the ground."

Many of the Canadian sports teams showed their support for the victims in many ways.

The Toronto Maple Leafs held a moment of silence before their Stanley Cup Playoff game against the Boston Bruins.